It wasn’t pretty, but Laurens played Clinton at last.
The Raiders and Red Devils finally got the chance to fight for county bragging rights Friday night, less than a month after the cancellation of the gridiron matchup between the two. On the hardwood, the Raiders notched their first victory of the season, traveling to Clinton and winning, 48-35.
The Raiders (1-4) got off to a quick start against the Red Devils (0-1), posting an 18-9 lead after one quarter of play. Laurens never looked back and held a double-digit lead at halftime, 29-15, before ultimately coasting to the finish line with a 13-point win.
K.D. Mosley, who dropped 13 points, led Laurens. Josh Cureton helped, too, with 10 points on the night and two dunks that ignited his bench and the student section behind them.
Clinton never put it together on offense. Countless turnovers and inefficient shooting led to the Red Devils’ demise. Though the Red Devils did outscore the Raiders in the second half, 20-19, it wasn’t enough to overcome their shaky first half.
Kimon Quarles scored 8 points in the losing effort.
Raiders head coach Joshua Chavis praised his team’s effort, after a shaky start to the season.
“We had a whole, much better energy to start off than in our previous games. I think a lot of that deals with confidence, and once we got energy and we got a bucket or two and got a couple of stops, our kids got their confidence back,” Chavis said.